Wow!!! Mangalyaan, the spacecraft on a voyage to Mars has been successfully blasted off. Superb. Hoping to see spectacular and ground breaking results from the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission.
Pictures from ISRO
How long will it take to multiply these two numbers ?
7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779
It just took 28 seconds for Shakuntala Devi and earned her a record in the Guinness Book Of Records. A child prodigy with unbelievable power to calculate will remain an inspiration to so many. She died earlier this year.
Google’s doodle today honors Shakuntala Devi, known to the world as the ‘Human Computer’, on her 84th birthday.
Mangalyaan, the aptly named spacecraft will take off on Tuesday on a 11 month voyage to Mars, from Sriharikota. No matter what happens tomorrow, it will remain a big day for India.
Image Source : BBC
Hope and wish for a very successful launch and fruitful voyage.
Latest news reports confirm that Infosys has reached a settlement to pay $34 million in fines for visa fraud, for bringing in developers on B1 visas to work and other irregularities in keeping accurate I-9s.
If you already have Vonage or planning on signing up, you may be better off dumping it as there are now much better alternatives. Read on.
Vonage was touted as a pioneer for commercial VOIP phone service back in 2005 when I first signed up for the service. The excitement of a killer and industry disrupting VOIP service evaporated very soon. The quality never measured up to the ‘carrier’ quality. I disconnected in a couple of months due to voice quality issues. And what happened when I tried to disconnect was yet another totally frustrating customer service story, “Vonage – expecting good customer service is stupid”.
When Vonage announced unlimited international calling to India (and few other select countries), I hesitated due to my earlier experience. A few months later, we needed a landline phone and I did little research to shop for a better one. At that time, Vonage proved to be a better option for a landline phone that would also double to be able to call anybody in India, despite its voice quality issues and poor customer service.
That was little more than 5 years ago, when most people in India (particularly my friends and family) can be reached only on their phones and internet access at homes was still a rare and privilege in many areas. Things have been changing quite fast in India these days, particularly in terms of communication and access. Almost everybody that I knew have a cell phone now and family and friends have internet access at a reasonable price and connections are quite capable of watching YouTube videos and supporting video chats.
Skype, my new best friend to stay connected, always and anywhere
That means, time has come to fully leverage my favorite, Skype, that I have been using for a really long time to stay connected with my friends. Skype supports instant messaging, video calls, voice calls, can take with you anywhere in the world and can instantly connect with your friends and family anywhere in the world for FREE. Along with friends and family on Skype, you can call any toll free number in the US for FREE. With a better internet access in India, Skype became my best option to stay connected to all family and friends in India and anywhere in the world for that matter.
Calls to India to any number are about 1c/minute
Skype does offer calling plans so that you can call those that do not have internet access or need to reach somebody on their phones, for a price close to 1c per minute. So you are in full control to purchase a subscription that will suit your needs. These days, I use Skype to reach most of my family and friends, I just use a $1.50/month subscription that will give me 2 and half hours of talk time per month.
Unlimited calling to US/Canada for just $2.99/month
And just for $2.99 a month, you will get unlimited calling to any number in US/Canada. Skype does have unlimited international calling for about $13, but India is not in the list.
For about $5 a month, you can also get a Skype number so that anybody in the world can call you on that number from their phones and you can take the call on your Skype (on your Smart phone, iPad or any computer). Best part of this feature is you can get a local number in a country of your choosing.
Replace Vonage @ $40 a month with Skype @ just $6 a month
Needless to repeat, Skype works the best for me. It offers much greater voice quality. Instant messaging, video calls, can take any where in the world on my smartphone or iPad and use on my PC and reach anywhere in the world. For under $6 a month, I have effectively replaced my Vonage phone that costs me close to $40 a month ($25.99 + taxes).
Give it a try. For most people, this should work just fine. For those, who talk on and on to regular phones to India, you may have to still suck up the lower quality voice and stay with Vonage for the unlimited calling, but for the rest, its time to dump it.
By all measures, the rise of China as one of the leading global economic power houses of the world is a great success story. And by all estimates, China will become the largest economy sooner than the rest of the world is comfortable accepting it. So, isn’t China, then officially the largest living success stories of communism?
Watch this great TED talk by Eric Li, a venture capitalist, I bet, your understanding of China will never be the same. And so does your understanding of efficacy of democracy.
I can’t resist the temptation of comparing the largest living democracy, India, with tens of parties at the helm and the largest living communist country, China, and for all practical purposes a dual party system in the US and its current political gridlock, only to realize that the point Eric Li made is quite reverberating.
Unfortunately, while China can easily replicate the best of the rest of the world in terms of technology, systems and innovation, it is probably next to impossible to replicate the best of China’s political system. What an edge.
One of the best talks and an idea really worth spreading.
I am not a designer, but I see an UI element communicate by its color, shape, position, contrast, focus and of course text. The new UI in 2013 definitely eliminated some of those attributes for some elements.
So far, the only big difference I see is the integration of SkyDrive so that documents can be readily saved in to the cloud and retrieved any where. At another level, going towards subscriptions could be a game changer for Microsoft.
But when it comes to the UI, I find it boring and am little disappointed.
This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...